Google+ Reading Teen: Interview and Giveaway with Alyssa Sheinmel, Author of The Lucky Kind

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Interview and Giveaway with Alyssa Sheinmel, Author of The Lucky Kind



Today we're happy to bring you an interview and giveaway with Author Alyssa Sheinmel! Thanks to The Teen Book Scene for scheduling this interview!  Alyssa's newest book is called The Lucky Kind, and will hit stores May 10, 2011! 


Alyssa, Describe your book to us in 5 words.
Romantic, Familial, Funny, Sparky, Short (To be honest, the first three of those words are really the words that I hope my book is. And “sparky” refers to the dialogue between Nick and his best friend Stevie – though I suppose that’s open to interpretation.)

The Lucky KindWhat made you decide to tell this story from a guy's point of view?
It wasn’t actually something that I decided; when I got the idea for this book, it was a just a boy’s voice in my head that I heard narrating the story. I didn’t have much choice in the matter.

If you could be any of your characters, who would you want to be?
I want to be Eden Reiss. Eden is the girl that Nick Brandt, The Lucky Kind’s narrator, longs to date. Eden is the girl I wish I could have been in high school. She’s smart and funny, vulnerable but sure of herself. Her collar stays sharp even when it’s hot outside. She’s much, much cooler than I ever was.

The Beautiful BetweenDo you picture anyone famous when you think of Nick?
No, actually – I don’t usually picture my characters as anyone famous. Except perhaps, come to think of it, for the main character of my first novel, The Beautiful Between. I named her Connelly, after the actress Jennifer Connelly, and I guess somewhere in the back of my mind, I thought that my Connelly looked like her namesake.

When you're not writing (or watching reruns of The West Wing), what do you like to do
with your time?
Thanks for the West Wing shout-out! I do manage to spend quite a lot of time watching The West Wing reruns – or reruns of any Aaron Sorkin TV show. But I also have a day job, in the marketing department at Random House Children’s Books, which certainly takes up a lot of my time. When I’m procrastinating, I like to create the illusion that I might begin working at any minute, so I’ll stay at my computer. Which usually means that I’m browsing one of my favorite shopping websites, like Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, or Shopbop, or reading articles on the Newsweek, The New Yorker, or Huffington Post websites. I love walking around Manhattan when the weather’s nice, and trying new restaurants as often as I can. But the number one thing that I like to do more than anything else is to spend time with my dog, Derby. Whenever I’m not with him, I’m just waiting for it to be time to see him again.

What is the best thing that has happened to you since becoming a published author?
Wow, that’s a tough question. I have to admit, my life hasn’t changed that much as a result of publishing my books. However, a few months after Random House bought my first novel, The Beautiful Between, I got married – and that was certainly one of the best things that’s happened to me. (Just don’t tell my husband I said that.)
Thanks so much, Alyssa, for taking the time to answer our questions!!  I love that you're so in love with your dog!!  Oh, and your husband!  haha!  Look for our review of The Lucky Kind soon!

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 GIVEAWAY!


Alyssa has graciously offered us two copies of The Lucky Kind to give to two of you! 

  • US only
  • Must be 13+
  • Ends May 11, 2011
  • Leave a comment to enter
  • +1 entry for tweeting etc.  Please leave a link!

High school junior Nick Brandt is intent on getting a girlfriend, and Eden Reiss is the one that he wants. He has exactly four semesters to get the girl, but when the phone rings on an otherwise ordinary Tuesday night, life for Nick and his parents will never be the same. What had been a seemingly idyllic home life has become something else entirely. But with this shake-up comes a newfound confidence for Nick; he's become a bolder version of himself, no longer afraid to question his parents, and no longer afraid to talk to Eden.

Alyssa B. Sheinmel has written a powerfully gripping story about family secrets, falling in love, and finding luck in unexpected--and sometimes unwelcome—circumstances.

Good luck!

73 comments:

  1. Thanks for the chance to win The Lucky Kind. Sounds like a fascinating read. :)

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  2. This really looks to be a good read. I was also struck by the cover. It is very eye catching!!


    Judy
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  3. Thanks for this giveaway!!!

    Jessica
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  4. Can't wait to read this one!
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  5. Thanks for the chance to win!!

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  6. This book sounds awesome, I love reading books from a guy's point of view. It's always really interesting to see the differences, plus I love that girls can write from a guy's perspective!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Tweeted it - http://twitter.com/#!/arick01/status/64722597195161600

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  7. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  8. I've been wanting to read this book forever! Thanks for having such an awesome giveaway!

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  9. This book sounds really good and I love the cover!

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  10. Thanks for the giveaway, sounds awesome :D

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  11. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  12. Thanks for doing the interview! The book sounds interesting!

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  13. Thanks for the interview & giveaway! This book sounds really interesting, can't wait to read it!

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  14. Thanks for the interview & giveaway! This book sounds really interesting, can't wait to read it!

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  15. Thank you for the chance to win!
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  16. Count me in :)
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  17. Sounds like a good book. thanks for the giveaway.

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  18. This book looks awesome! I'm excited for it because of the guy point of view. So rare, and so enjoyable. Thanks for the giveaway! I tweeted!

    http://twitter.com/#!/teenbookguide/status/64749652125294592

    Thanks,
    Jackie
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  19. I'm always looking for new authors to read! tWarner419@aol.com

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  20. thanks for sharing the interview, the book sounds really good.

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  21. Thanks for the giveaway!
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  22. Thank you for the great giveaway, this looks like a great read!

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  23. I alsso tweeted:

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  24. great giveaway!!!

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  25. Sounds like a really great book! Great interview as well! Congrats on getting married! I look forward to reading The Lucky Kind...I really like the summary...
    Thanks for the chance,
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  26. Sounds like a great plot with a little bit of fun, family, suspense, and a whole lotta romance :D

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    Thanks for the giveaway!

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  27. This looks great!

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  28. Thank you you for the chance to win this giveaway.

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  29. I hadn't heard of this book. Loved the interview. It certainly helped me decide to put this book on my TBR list.

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  30. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  31. Great interview and thanks for the giveaway!

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  32. I would love to enter too!

    Congrats on getting married Alyssa!! & wow I also shop like crazy at Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, and browse through Shopbop. They have great stuff!

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  33. thanks for the giveaway!

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  34. thanks!

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    follower!

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  35. Nice to see a YA book from a guy's perspective.
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  36. Sounds very interesting!

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  37. I can not wait to read this!!!
    I love Alyssa's books.

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    shared on twitter-http://twitter.com/

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  38. Nice giveaway! Thanks!

    Chey @ The Chey Show

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  39. Thanks for giving us a chance to read The Lucky Kind !!

    +1 Tweeted: https://twitter.com/#!/SpadesHigh/status/64865018776256512

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  40. awesome giveaway

    I also tweeted from Kr15tina

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  41. Great giveaway! Thanks!

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  42. Sounds awesome. Looks great to read :)

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  43. Love your interview questions!
    --Chloe
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  44. Looks like a great book, thanks for the giveaway!!
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  45. Would love to be entered!!!

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  46. Really want to read this one!

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  47. Sounds like a great read!

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  48. Thanks for another great giveaway!


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  49. Sounds like my kind of book! Thanks for the chance!

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  50. Great giveaway. I'm a new follower.


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  51. Thanks for the giveaway. Sounds like a really good read. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

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  52. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  53. Tweet: http://twitter.com/Melanie_2006/status/65057236958969856

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  54. I think the Lucky Kind sounds really intriguing. Thanks for sharing the interview and for the chance to win a copy of the book!

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  55. This book sounds so interesting! Thanks for the giveaway and I tweeted!!

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  56. interesting book! West Wing, huh? I could never get into that show.


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  57. Thanks for a chance to win a copy.

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  58. Thanks for the chance! This book looks interesting. :]

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  60. Sounds neat!
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  61. I'm interested, thanks for the giveaway!

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  62. Thanks for this giveaway!!

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  63. Sounds great! Thanks for chance to win.

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  64. ZOMG
    Looks fantastic!

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  65. sounds lovely :)
    the cover reminds me of pictures my best friend used to take of me.

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  66. This book looks amazing, thanks for another great giveaway!

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  67. The book sounds really good! Thanks for reading good books!

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  68. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  69. Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the chance.

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  70. Great interview, awesome giveaway.
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  71. I totally know what she means about not choosing to do a male point of view. I got this idea for a MG book and in my head it was a third person narrative with a male main character. And that's how I've written it so far even though I'd have probably never thought to use a boy protagonist and I'm not the biggest fan of third person. lol. Excellent interview and thanks for the giveaway! :D

    +1 Tweeted: http://twitter.com/#!/thebookpixie/status/68035125753036800

    ~Briana
    thebookpixie[at]yahoo[dot]com

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